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Friday, October 10, 2008

Eve. Myth and legend surround her in mystery. Now hear her story.

Recently I read the most amazing novel about our first mother, Eve. I am delighted to feature Havah here, along with my endorsement AND a book giveaway.

This is our Beginning, deeply, richly, beautifully imagined, lifting our hearts in worship to the One who Is.

From paradise to exile, from immortality to the death of Adam, experience the dawn of mankind through the eyes of Eve—the woman first known as Havah.

Words from Tosca Lee:
Why I wrote it--I like examining conventional wisdom and staple stories – which have become woven into the fabric of our culture so thoroughly as to be taken for granted – in a new light. I don’t like comic-booky characters, villains or protagonists—whether they be red-horned demons or, in Havah’s case, the first woman of Genesis. No one—including demons, humans, or God, are that two-dimensional.

About the name “Havah”--“Havah” is the Hebrew name for Eve. I’ve drawn on nontransliterated names for her family members as well in this rendering, mostly to help escape the cliché images that spring to mind when one hears “Adam and Eve,” or “Cain and Abel.” The one name that remains mostly the same is Adam’s, as “Ha-adam,” meaning merely “man from the (red) earth.” Though we are told Eve’s proper name in the Genesis account, we are never given a proper name for Adam. He was literally… “The Man.”

What I want readers to take away--That sense of “Oh!” at what that perfect communion with God, and with another human might have been like. As I envisioned it, in writing it, I sometimes sighed. I hope there are moments like that for Havah’s readers. I want them also to think, “Haha—I have felt that way before toward my spouse/children/chores.” Regardless of the age, some aspects of life really don’t change. We all have moments of bliss, of feeling taken for granted, of heartbreak and hope.

It was important to me to write this story, too, because frankly, Eve has long been vilified for her role in this story. But both Eve and her mate were culpable. And while all of humanity is fallen because of it, women throughout history have suffered varying degrees of guilt, suspicion, and even abuse because of this story. That, alone, merits close scrutiny. It is my belief, especially for those who consult scriptures for guidelines on daily living, that we have a moral obligation to delve deeper than we have into what exactly happened here.

To enter a drawing to win a copy of Havah, leave a comment AND your email address.

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Blogger Becky C. said...

This sounds like a fantastic book!

Please enter me in the contest.

Thank you,

Becky C.

October 10, 2008 5:25 PM  
Blogger carla stewart said...

I met Tosca at the conference and am so intrigued by her and this book. Please enter me in the drawing.


October 10, 2008 5:32 PM  
Blogger Rose McCauley said...

I've heard great things about this book and author. please sign me up! crmcc at setel dot com

October 10, 2008 6:04 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

I am very interested in this book. What a great story to tell!

October 10, 2008 8:35 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Thanks for the heads-up on this book - I can't wait to read it!

amanda at amandabennett dot com

October 11, 2008 9:34 AM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

Thanks for the great review, I'm really curious about this book and would love to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!

ladyufshalott at

October 11, 2008 12:01 PM  
Blogger Pamela J said...

I am so glad my daughter in law, Tammy and I got to meet you at the conference, Tosca. I am interested in seeing how your book deals with those 'facts' we today take as 'just conventional wisdom and staple stories. To see them in a new light sounds exceptionally exciting. The Lord opens our eyes in His time to truths in His word when He knows we are ready. We must be ready: the book is here! Please enter me in your drawing, Louise! Thanks.
Pam Williams
cepjwms at yahoo dot com

October 11, 2008 2:15 PM  
Blogger Missy Tippens said...

Tosca, it was great to meet you at ACFW! The new book sounds fantastic.

Louise, thanks for the interview.


missytippens [at] aol [dot] com

October 11, 2008 2:48 PM  
Blogger Susan Alverson said...

What an intriguing story idea! I can't wait to read your book, Tosca. Thanks for the interesting interview. Please enter me in your drawing.


saaliasone at mac dot com

October 11, 2008 3:36 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

This book sounds wonderful. Please enter me in the drawing. My email address is shryackmom[@]charter[.]net

October 12, 2008 8:35 PM  
Blogger stampedwithgrace said...

sounds like another great read from Tosca Lee!
stampedwithgrace at cox dot net

October 13, 2008 10:24 AM  
Blogger Janna said...

Please enter me for this - it looks fantastic!

ryanx6 at msn dot com

October 15, 2008 6:39 PM  
Blogger Doreen said...

Please count me in, thanks! purposedrivenlife4you (at) gmail (dot)com

October 17, 2008 5:55 PM  
Blogger squiresj said...

Don't know if it is too late to enter. But this books sure sounds exciting. I am a reviewer.
God Bless and annoint you as you write for his glory. jrs362 (at) hotmail (dot) com

October 28, 2008 2:56 PM  

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